The Concept

The Concept


The Motorwagen is the world’s first petrol powered vehicle, patented by Karl Benz in 1885. Inspiring. Elegant. Functional.


Motorwagen, working alongside Mercedes-Benz Brisbane, showcases a stunning dining venue next to a unique customer service and merchandise boutique with the latest Mercedes-Benz vehicles on display.

        Motorwagen Cafe & Restaurant reflects the innovation and creativity of Karl Benz. It is elevated casual dining with a menu of classic and innovative dishes set in a stunning modern European style dining venue. Our Italian born Head Chef Dario Manca, has trained in some of the finest Michelin Star kitchens of Europe. After four years at two hatted Pilu at Freshwater Restaurant in Sydney as executive Sous Chef , Dario joins us bringing a contemporary Australian menu with his touch of Italian.


Motorwagen is proud to be serving specialty coffee by Blackstar Coffee Roasters. Australian barista championship finalist and Blackstar Coffee educator Callum Jubb will be seen behind the counter at Motorwagen. Callum will be overseeing the Coffee program on an ongoing basis at Motorwagen.

We are excited to be serving our coffee from the Brisbane’s first Modbar espresso and pour-over system by La Marzocco. Have a look what it’s all about by clicking here.


Giving Out

Motorwagen is a proud financial supporter of Liberty Enterprises. Liberty is a not for profit charity established by Adam James that exists to champion the most disadvantaged members of the community in Brisbane. They support these individuals through mentoring, physical and financial assistance taking them through from crisis situations until they are in a healthy and sustainable environment. To find out more about what Liberty does visit

We are extremely excited to welcome Dario Manca to the role of Head Chef at Motorwagen. Born near Milan, Italy, Dario comes from a European Michelin Star background, working with the likes of Heinz Beck and Gordon Ramsay – among others – before moving to Australia in 2014 to join the team at the much loved two hatted, Pilu at Freshwater Restaurant in Sydney. Among his many achievements, Dario recently, proudly represented Australia in the Barilla Pasta World Championship, competing with some of the best from around the world, ranking within the top 10. Dario now brings his passion for his art to Motorwagen with the launch of an insightful Modern Australian Menu with Italian influencers. With a focus on the best produce, Motorwagen is thrilled to bring this innovative and elegant menu by Dario Manca to our Brisbane audience.